If you’re doing anything even remotely related to web development — or if you’re just running your own website or blog — you’re probably familiar with the File Transfer ProtocolRegardless of whether this familiarity is voluntary or forced upon you by customers, legacy computer systems or incompetent hosting providers, I sincerely hope that you are aware of the costs of using FTP in this day and age. FTP is by far the most backwards and insecure protocol for transferring files, yet still it enjoys wide popularity due to it’s simplicity and availability. Speaking bluntly, FTP sucks and I wish for it to go away for the sake of everybody, and here’s why. Continue Reading…

When it comes to software architecture classes or programming courses in general, the term “pattern” seems to be the ultimate buzzword at universities. “Use this pattern here, that one over there, oh and here do it like the GoF but hell don’t you dare doing it like that guy did back in 1995”. The Gang of Four (GoF) has done quite a job promoting more or less standardized ways of dealing with certain coding problems. Most of these patterns are straightforward and frankly plain logical, but it’s good to read about them anyway. However, there is one specific pattern that gets hate from (seemingly) every coding-related website on the Internet. I’m talking about the infamous Singleton Pattern, probably the most overused and frequently misplaced programming anti-pattern of all time that’s creeping in even the best code bases – and of course it sucks! Continue Reading…

As an engineer and genuinely tech interested guy, I’m generally all up for global standardization and enforcing consistency wherever possible. However, there is this nuisance that keeps stinging me at least once a week: the Imperial System with all its outdated ways of measurement and nonsensical units. I mean, seriously, the entire world got rid of it except “La Résistance” – a small number of indomitable countries fighting with overwhelming reluctance against the thorough introduction of the metric system. Continue Reading…